Labour Party presidential aspirant Eragbe disowns PACT consensus
A presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Comrade Eragbe Anslem Aphimia has said that he was not at the meeting of PACT that produced Fela Durotoye as a consensus presidential candidate.
According to him, he was “not part of the last two (2) PACT meetings that culminated in the purported adoption of a consensus candidate for PACT” on Thursday.
PACT (Presidential Aspirants Coming Together) had at a meeting in Abuja picked a consensus candidate among themselves, claiming that about 17 aspirants took part in the elections where Durotoye emerged as favorite candidate.
Comrade Anselm who was listed as one of those who attended and voted at the event, denied the claim, adding, that he along with three other Presidential aspirants, Sina Fagbenro-Byron, Tope Fasua and Jaye Gaskia had warned and dissociated themselves from “ANY arrangement that will produce ANY consensus candidate BEFORE PARTY PRIMARIES”.
An aspirant of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) Kingsley Moghalu has also dissociated himself from the PACT coalition claiming, that the outcome “left many Nigerians expressing surprise and disappointment”, as “the arrangement had unraveled even before the final selection of the consensus candidate”.
Comrade Anselm on his part in a disclaimer message sent to Ripples Nigeria and titled “No falsehood must be published in my name”, dissociated himself from the PACT arrangement.
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The statement read: “It must be noted forthwith that I was NOT part of the last two(2) PACT meetings that culminated in the purported adoption of a consensus candidate for PACT today, Thursday 30th August, 2018.
“It MUST BE NOTED that I had WARNED & LONG DISSOCIATED MYSELF along with three (3) other Presidential aspirants (Sina Fagbenro-Byron, Tope Fasua, Jaye Gaskia from ANY arrangement that will produce ANY consensus candidate BEFORE PARTY PRIMARIES
“I AM A PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANT UNDER LABOUR PARTY AND AS SUCH, I HEREBY DISSOCIATE MY SELF FROM THE PURPORTED ARRANGEMENT WHERE MY NAME WAS INCLUDED AMONGST THOSE WHO ADOPTED A CONSENSUS CANDIDATE FOR PACT, TODAY 30TH AUGUST 2018
“LET IT BE NOTED THAT I WAS NOT PRESENT, LET ALONE BEEN PART OF THE DECISION AND MY NAME SHOULD BE REMOVED FORTHWITH FROM THE LIST OF NINETEEN ATTENDEES
“I HOWEVER, WISH THE EVENTUAL CONSENSUS CANDIDATE WELL IN THE 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION STRUGGLES, WHILE THOSE OF US WHO ARE ALREADY ASPIRANTS IN OUR VARIOUS POLITICAL PARTIES ARE UNDERGOING THE DUE PROCESSES OF INEC REGULATIONS LEADING TO THE EMERGENCE OF POLITICAL PARTY CANDIDATES FOR THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA”.
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